Build apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices by using Visual Studio

Yes,
   What you have read is absolutely true, Microsoft's Valuable product Visual studio 2013 update 2 and later versions make possible of building universal platform apps using .Net Framework.



The Key challenge for developers today is to build the app in different platforms with different types of developers, so the Production cost for the development increases, Micosoft came up with the Latest update as You can build apps for iOS, Android, and Windows devices by using Visual Studio, and you can easily add connected services such as Office 365, Azure Mobile Services, and Application Insights to your apps. You can build your app by using the .NET Framework, or by using HTML.


To build an app for Windows devices, install Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 or later, and then choose a Windows or Windows Phone project. You can target all Windows devices by using a universal app project template. To build an app for Android or iOS, install Xamarin, and then create an Android or iOS project. You can target Windows, Android, and iOS devices in the same solution if you want, and then share code between all your device projects by using a shared project or a Portable Class Library project.

You can share most of your code between device projects. This includes any business logic, cloud integration, database access, or any other code that targets the .NET Framework. You can share quite a bit more between Windows and Windows Phone projects, because so many aspects of the two platforms have converged. The only code that you can’t share is code that targets a specific platform.

The Visual Studio team has recently announced its tooling support for Apache Cordova. What possibilities does it give? Now developers can use Visual Studio to easily build hybrid apps that run on iOS, Android, Windows and Windows Phone using a single project based on HTML and JavaScript.

This News is recently released by Microsoft Visual Studio team in there blogs.